So 2015 starts with news on the usual challenges editors face. A survey by Leeds University finds dissatisfaction by academics about the variable quality of editorial decisions. Elsewhere, an editor was alerted to a fake review and had to withdraw a paper. Another study finds that self-citation in peer review is common and is likely to be coercive in some cases. And then there is plagiarism, which appears to be more common in articles from developing countries where English is not widely spoken So editors have to continuously deal with misconduct and hope, as Liz Wager recommends, that institutions will take action….
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